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for those who want to see same-sex marriage become the law of the land. meanwhile, in egypt, they are just trying to get a functioning government off the ground. we'll go live to cairo where along with tear gas the words in the air today are martial law. >>> first, though, some developing news from south africa where nelson mandela is in the hospital right now. the former president is undergoing medical tests. that's according to the government. these tests have been planned for some time, we're told. they are consistent with his age. he is 94 years old. a family friend not saying how long mandela will be hospital iced, but a government spokesman insists there's, quote, no cause for alarm. mandela spent some time in the hospital earlier this year. he had stomach surgery. he became a bona fide world icon after spending some 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid. in 1994, he became president of the country where he had been imprisoned. >>> to the fiscal cliff now. the clock continues to tick away. lawmakers now have just 24 days left to make a deal and avoid that combination of b
the writing of law. that's the concern that those people have. under mubarak it was a secular nation, and now it's not. >> so if you are one of egypt's neighbors and you look and see what's going on inside, are you worried? are you concerned here? does it look like an arab spring that would actually spill over to the region, or is this something that egypt has to hand on its own and it will sort out? >> the latter. it's going to be the latter wrrn other nations aren't worried. the west is probably looking at how egypt is going in terms of the constitution, and a bit worried about the new egypt they will be dealing with when it comes to international relations. my sense is here a lot of people have sort of written off the muslim brotherhood in other countries as well at veers times. invariably, they've been wrong. these guys are organized and they have strong support, and, unfortunately, the guys on the street said not so organized, not as much support, and there's the cairo factor. it's want the same outside of cairo. >> thanks. appreciate it. >> i want to bring in our barbara star. she's at
experience. he is a graduate of yale law school. he clerked for the conservative judge james buckley on the u.s. court of appeals for the d.c. circuit following graduation. so you have to ask why did it take seven months for the senate to finally after waiting seven months, we'll talk about it for 20 minutes, then we'll vote his nomination. why the seven-month delay? republican obstruction. now, after this vote, the senate remains backlogged with 17 judicial nominations that go back to before the august, the august recess. senate republicans are establishing another harmful precedent by refusing to proceed on judicial nominees with bipartisan support before the end of the session. they held up judicial nominees three years ago, they did it two years ago, they did it last year. now they are doing it again this year. they found a new way to employ their own trick of a pocket filibuster. they stalled nominees into the next year. and then they forced the senate in the new year to work on nominees from the past year. delay and delay and delay and push other confirmations back in time, then cut off
the first to legalize in the nation recreational marijuana. >> the new law doesn't allow people to light up in public, and it doesn't tell police how to enforce the law. nbc's chris clackum has more on how the new law will work. >> three, two, one! >> reporter: when the clock struck midnight in seattle thursday, 100 or so pot lovers gathered beneath the space needle to light up. recreational use of marijuana is now legal in washington state, after voters approved the measure on november 6th. >> washington voters were very ready for a new approach to marijuana. >> reporter: a new approach that led to adults over 21, possess up to an ounce of pot and use it, but only in private. which means the very public midnight celebration was in fact illegal. the new law, though, conflicts with the federal ban on marijuana. doesn't tell police how to go about enforcing it. and lacks specifics on how to license growers and retailers to produce and sell it. >> clearly there's this major problem, you know, that has to be worked out through committee quickly. >> reporter: but state officials say they're plow
in undergraduate hours, law school, or high school. i have learned more about history, government, the true history of this country. not what we have been spoonfed in high school. or in critical about the pleasant stories where we were happy with smiles on their face. where we have come from and how far we have come and how far we can go in terms of really being that bright and shining lfght for other countries to follow by example. host: is that it? caller: please, please, is there some way we can make texas c- span? they will not go on tv for people who are on satellite. we are bleeding republicans in this state with these voting machines. texas used to be such a good state to be from. host: what do you mean, make texas c-span? caller: i would like to see a c- span texas. i bet there are a lot of people and a lot of states that would like to see that. host: your earlier comments, can we use those for a commercial? thank you for calling in this morning. here is more facebook comments on our question this morning. keenan says -- john says -- sal says -- and ruben says -- don from book raton, hi, do
a good thing. some of the deductions, raise the law right under 250 and i would be fine with that. until people are willing to get serious and say these are the specific deductions we're talking about and willing to look at the consequences it's hard to take any seriously. >> we were talking during the break about specifics and how terrifying it is for the republicans to get into specifics because as rez ra outlines the patient convulses as it were. where is the hope in all this that a deal will get done? >> i don't think anybody wants to go over the cliff at the end of the day. we now have a really big round number from john boehner but nothing specific within it and as we went through and broke down this various deductions and loopholes many are popular, many of them make an enormous amount of sense and most of them benefit the middle class, not just the rich. i don't know where this -- where that part of the discussion goes because you're talking about unicorns earlier. they're imaginary beasts and this $800 billion through loopholes and deduction is about as real as a unicorn. >> i w
did may well have broken the law. on the other hand they've apologized for it. so we're going to have a long and careful think about what if anything, we do. >> reporter: the station said it was the easier prank call it had ever made. >> when is a good time to come and visit her? because i'm the queen, so i need to get down there. >> i would suggest anytime after 9:00 would be suitable. >> reporter: easy for a nurse, what she's supposed to do when someone calls up saying it's the queen, ask for proof. what started as a story here about a difficult beginning to a pregnancy became more than that. it became one of a patient confidentiality and about humor, and about bad accents. >> thank you, mark phillips. >>> in egypt this morning army tanks are protecting the presidential pappaslace as the president prepares to speak to the nation tonight. at least five people killed overnight and hundreds wounded as opponents fought out the palace gates. more demonstrations are planned today in cairo. holly williams is there. holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning,
of marijuana, by adults, is legal. the new law was approved by voters last month, and took effect at midnight. in seattle, about 100 people marked the occasion by smoking joints beneath the city's iconic space needle. technically, doing that in public remains against the law. marijuana is still illegal under federal law. but the justice department has not said if it will try to block the washington state law or a similar statute in colorado. same-sex marriage also became legal in washington state today, and in maryland. gay and lesbian couples in both states began picking up marriage licenses. those in washington state have to wait three days to be married. same-sex weddings in maryland will begin on january first. maine will legalize the practice on december 29. the three states are the first to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. in economic news, new jobless claims fell sharply last week, after a temporary spike in the wake of hurricane sandy. and on wall street, stocks managed modest gains today. the dow jones industrial average added 39 points to close at 1,374. the nasdaq rose 15
that they want everybody to know that pot is still an illegal substance under federal law in colorado and washington and said that the justice department -- remember, i asked this question of jay carney at the briefing. i still got some grief last night or ribbing from my fellow journalists at the white house. about the fact that i was the one who asked the pot question. >> of course. >> bill: i admitted i'm a former pothead. >> hey, once a pothead always a pothead, buddy. there is no former pothead. >> bill: all right i'm a pothead. the justice department said they're still obliged to enforce federal law. i'll give that a great big capital b capital s. every police department, they decide what laws they enforce and what laws they don't. what are you going to spend money on? what are you going to spend time on? they should not spend time on pot -- chasing pot users in colorado or washington. the people have spoken. >> the voters agree with you. they've had their say. >> bill: all right. by the way president obama who
. the united states supreme court said yesterday it'll hear two cases challenging laws that define marriage as only between a man and a woman. one of them is california's ban on same sex marriage, proposition eight which voters approved in 2008. lower courts ruled that the proposition was not congress constitutional. the other case is from new york, it challenges the defense of marriage act that requires the government to deny federal benefits to legally married gay couples. it was passed in 1996 and signed by president clinton. reaction in san francisco's castro district included a range of emotions. yesterday's decision means same sex couples in california must put marriage plans on hold. they could have started marrying pleadly if the court denied review. activists say they feel some momentum from the november elections. >> three states legalized same sex marriage just a month ago. the tide is shifting. >> i want it to be tackled. i want to get married and i want to be married in any state. >> many people say they are happy the court will address the issue but they say they understand
. that is what law says must happen unless we reform it. i think that is a terrible way to run a public pension program. it should have reforms. the last such reforms that have been suggested, i would be happy with any of them. there is a set of leaders and social security that is not complicated that can be done and should be done. that would be the best thing for social security. host: thank you for being on c- span. palm beach, fla., in the and the blind -- -- on the independent line -- caller: as an independent, i am starting to form an opinion that if president obama wants to go over the fiscal cliff, it appears that way, because he has had no credible counteroffer. he says i will give you cuts in the future but he is not specific. his speeches are always peppered with we have to invest. he does not mean in the private sector. he wants more the firefighters, teachers, policemen. this adds to the public debt. we are borrowing, from what i read yesterday, 46 cents on every dollar. that appears to me to be untenable. i am no fan of john boehner but he makes an offer that got him in touch with
to break open the atm. >>> there is a renewed push in virginia tonight to change the laws when it comes to texting and driving. police need another reason to pull you over. texting while driving is a secondary offense. adam tuss explains how one local county is getting around the rules to hand out more tickets and stop the dangerous and growing problem. >> reporter: you don't have to be out on the roads long to see it. drivers texting. some even cruising down the interstate at high speeds. we saw this driver rolling along at 60 miles per hour today. he just kept rolling, and rolling, and about 20 seconds later put down the phone. here in fairfax county, police have been using a law called failure to pay full-time attention to pull over drivers who are texting, or are distracted behind the wheel. >> not a day goes by that people don't notice other drivers texting while driving. and our officers are doing what they can to enforce this. >> reporter: and she tells news4 these kinds of violations have skyrocketed. in 2009, about 7,000 offenses. in 2010, over 9,000. last year, and this year,
different laws than we do. my question is if there is a technology drain, in terms of the u.s. laws, we only prohibit certain types of technology that has to do with national security and technology, but when you talk about in steve's case, it innovative things that are basically getting sucked out all along with that, nobody really talks about that. so i would like to hear from you. >> it is true. exactly what you are saying is true. other countries are stepping up their efforts to be a magnet for talent. some of it is professors, some of it is researchers, and there is no doubt. we just have to make sure we are aware of that. people want to come here and get an education and want to go back to their country, fine. it is a way to build centers of innovation and entrepreneurship in other parts of the world. that is actually part of our state department stated policy. having people come here, if they want to go back and start companies there, that is fine. but we should at least give them the option of staying year. if they want to go back, fine. but do not make them go back. people staying y
they say, well, our property, our cars, our technology wears out faster. guest: the current law is not correct. and this has to do with the retailers and the restaurants. their provision is that they get to deduct their property over 15 years instead of over 39 years. and they say, you know, 39 years is unrealistic and 15 years is more on money. host: how long you have been writing about taxes? guest: i've been write being taxes for maybe five years. host: how much do you think you know about the u.s. tax code? guest: not so much. i mean, like, i talk to tax experts, people with law degrees. and they probably know a lot about one part of the tax code. so, there are only like a few people i know who just have an encyclopedic knowledge about the entire thing who could say, in section 140-c-34 -- so those are very few and far between. i know more than many people. host: if somebody sat you down and said, write a book about the u.s. tax code -- guest: i could probably write about it in a more entertaining way. that's why i'm here to sort of bridge the gap between the tax nerds who k
university law school. good morning. how important is what the supreme court has decided to do? >> this is enormously important. as the country is moving more and more to embracing the question, same sex couples right to marry the question is what does the law say about it and this is what the supreme court will tell us by the end of june. >> they are looking at two cases here. what are the specifics of those cases and what do you think they are going to be looking for within each? >> there are two cases, one involves a widow in new york who was faced with more than $300,000 tax bill because the government refused to recognize her marriage to her same sex partner. and the question there is whether the federal defensive marriage act which blocks the united states government from recognizing marriages of same sex couples will stand, will it continue or will marriage discrimination by the government federal government come to an end? the other case involves a california law, which bans marriage recognition for same sex couples. it took away marriage rights
extended all of those changes in 2010. that's the law of the land still today. tax policy has been exactly the same over this continuum. what has changed, mr. speaker, what has changed is the spending. the reason deficits have grown not one, not two, not three but almost four times larger than the previous record deficit in american history is not because tax policy has changed, it hasn't. it's because federal spending policy has changed. and that's what we have to get our arms around here in this body. what i show going forward, mr. speaker, put a little square around the annual budget deficits that have been run during the first four years of the obama administration, but i also project what the congressional budget office believes, that's a nonpartisan budget planning group we have here on capitol hill, what they believe is in store for us in the future if we continue under current policy. -h tsh-that's trillion dollar deficits going out for years to come. the problem is not tax policy, mr. speaker, the problem is spending policy. can we improve tax policy? you better believe it. mr. sp
the health care law. open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit or call 1-800-medicare. >>> back now at 8:19. a woman recovering from a heartbreaking holiday tragedy. last year on christmas morning, a house fire claimed the lives of madonna badger's three young daughters, lily, sarah, and grace as well as her parents. when i spoke with her six months ago, she was in the throes of enormous and unimaginable grief. this morning, madonna is with us to talk about how she's doing now. it's great to see you. it's nice to see you smiling a little bit. how are you doing? >> i'm doing really well. i'm shocked that i'm doing okay. but i'm doing really well. >> last time i talked to you, you said when you smiled or when you laughed you immediately felt guilty. >> yes. >> do you still feel that way? >> no, i don't feel that way. i mostly don't feel that way because when i do feel happy, when i do feel joyful, it's when i can feel the presence of my children and my mom and dad the most. >> i want to talk to you about that. because in talking to our producers and you talk
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